To ensure healthy futures for our children, we all have to do our part to get kids moving. Here's how you can help Kids Get Fit.
Active kids equal healthy adults and with National Physical Fitness & Sports Month in May, now is a great time to get kids moving!
Read how male Jazzercise Instructor David Marten lost 50 pounds and gained his life back through Jazzercise...
Workout apparel has undergone a total transformation over the past few seasons. Get an exclusive look at top summer fitness fashion trends here.
Fitness apps are all the rage. It is kind of like having your workout BFF right at your fingertips. Here are a few of our favorite fitness apps...happy downloading!
Fun fact – Kansas City is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. I know what you’re thinking – “Can I have my chocolate and eat it too?” While having such easy access to chocolate is both a blessing and a curse, if you a member of Jazzercise Mission Center, you can have it all!
Staying active is an important part of preventing back pain. Follow these back stretches to ease pain and to maintain a healthy back.
Business travel or a busy lifestyle can interrupt your exercise routine. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that with a little planning, you can keep your exercise goals on track.
There are a lot of good reasons to be acquainted with the Lenexa Jazzercise. Besides being a home to dance fitness in Kansas City for 21 years, that it’s been remodeled into something more beautiful than just any gym in Lenexa, and that it would take you an entire day to count the number of pounds lost here, there is something else. No, if there is one thing you need to know about the Lenexa Jazzercise Location, it is this –
Passionate people are the core of what makes us the best and longest running dance workout program. There are some amazing trainers and exceptional people that participate in our aerobics dance classes. That’s why it became evident that we are doing a disservice by not showing them off to the world.
Nothing can brighten your day like hearing a favorite song. Music lifts your spirits, and can give you an instant jolt of energy. That’s useful because during a workout, music soothes unpleasant feelings brought on by intense exercise.
Many people wake up refreshed and ready to move, motivated to exercise for the sheer pleasure it brings them. Working out is a mood booster that leaves them feeling energized, and without it, they feel restless and uncomfortable. For these people, exercise is an innate pleasure, important to their sense of well-being.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This year, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports challenges Americans to get moving for health, and to get active and fit in May.
Cloudy skies and cold temperatures can depress motivation. Snow and ice seem to melt our best efforts, and drive us to reach for a good book instead of workout clothes. With a change of attitude, you can turn snowy days into new winter fitness adventures, using nature as your playground.
Parties, food and more parties: The holiday season is filled with family, friends, fun and high-calorie delectable delights that we can’t wait to sink our teeth into. At this time of year it is more important than ever to stay true to our fitness goals so we continue to feel great and look fabulous into the new year.
You’ve just concluded your work day and want to exercise before dinner. But you’re a little hungry. Should you eat before exercising or wait until afterward?
Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to get serious about toning our torsos so we can feel carefree all summer long. Strengthening our abdominal muscles is important for our overall health and well-being. Abs support our entire body by giving us core strength, supporting our backs and helping us keep our balance, especially as we get older.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life.
By now, the U.S. has thoroughly shaken off her winter chill. The snow line has crept up mountaintops and the ocean waters are warm. This phenomenon, known as the “lag of seasons” is what makes August and September the hottest months of the year.
Your entire body changes when you’re pregnant. But one thing that doesn’t have to change is your commitment to staying fit.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how effective your workouts are and how to get more out of them? With a heart rate monitor – a small device worn like wristwatches – you can learn if you can safely step up your program a notch or if you are working out too intensely to achieve the results you want. It’s all about working out smarter, not harder.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Happy New Year! Now that the holiday season’s parties and delightful treats are behind us, let’s refocus on our health and fitness programs. The quartet of eating well, getting enough sleep, moving our bodies daily and having a positive attitude is a winning combination.
Getting in shape with a friend is fun and makes it easier to achieve your goals. So how about exercising with your significant other? In February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, give it a try.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Set that New Year’s Resolution yet? If you’re like most Americans, you probably have some type of exercise or fitness goal this year. Of course, you already know that making the resolution is the easy part. The hard part is actually sticking with it.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Your workout regimen is in place. You’ve been faithfully attending classes, listening to your instructors, and the sweat is pouring off of you. So, how are your results? Do you notice a difference in how you look and feel? If not, then it’s time to gauge the intensity level that you’re putting into your workout.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Skaters performing triple axle jumps, snowboarders twisting through double back flips on the half-pipe, and bobsledders racing down tracks at breathtaking speeds. Top athletes from around the globe gather every four years to compete for Olympic glory.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Ouch! You’ve performed this fitness move hundreds of times, but this time, something doesn’t feel right. You feel a twinge at first, then a sharp pain, and slowly you begin to realize that you may have an exercise induced injury.If you’re a newcomer to fitness, then you are particularly at risk for injury, according to experts at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. That’s because your muscles are weak and not used to being stressed. Taking precautions like warming up will help to prevent injury. But, even if you’re in excellent physical condition, injuries can occur due to overuse, improper form, or fluke accidents.The first line of treatment for a soft tissue injury is the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett offers this tutorial for using the RICE method when you experience a fitness or sports-related injury.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’ve heard it before. America’s kids are gaining weight. Our kids are eating too many unhealthy foods and getting too little exercise. The problem is all around us, and Americans are beginning to take notice. But, guess what? Obesity is not just an American problem after all.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Afraid of strength training? Think you’re going to get the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger during his tour as Mr. Universe? You’re not alone. Many women fear that strength training will make them “bulk up.” But, the fear of building more muscle is entirely misguided.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Stand up straight!” Your mother’s words ring loud and clear, and suddenly you wish you had actually listened. Perhaps your head juts forward from extended computer use. Or your shoulders have rounded from the stress of daily life. Maybe years of slouching are starting to take a toll on your neck and back.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Need a little extra motivation to do household chores? Feeling too lazy to trim the rose bushes or vacuum the spare bedroom? Perhaps this statistic will give your motivation a boost. Performing your regular household chores can actually burn more than 50,000 calories in one year.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Healthy heart. Stronger bones. Leaner muscle mass. Faster metabolism. The benefits of exercise are far-reaching, and most of us are familiar with the advantages of working up a sweat. We know that exercise helps trim the waistline, tone the biceps, and build cardiovascular fitness.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Watching the ball drop in Times Square, donning hats, blowing horns, making resolutions, toasting well wishes, and gathering with friends to welcome in the New Year. Remember all that? Seems like awhile ago since you celebrated the start of a new year, doesn’t it?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Whew! Life is busy. You just got a new promotion at work. Your kids are playing two different sports, not to mention music and art lessons. Your parents are coming to visit next month. Before you know it, you haven’t been to your exercise class in weeks.
Fitness fads come and go. Are you up-to-date with the current trends in the health and wellness industry?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’re pregnant. Congratulations! This is a wonderful time in your life. As you prepare and plan for a nursery, crib, car seat, and formula, there may be one plaguing question that continually crosses your mind: Is it okay to exercise while pregnant?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Fall has officially arrived. The month of October brings changing colors, raking leaves, haunted houses, and an important annual marker of health and wellness: Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Running, cycling, swimming, dancing, aerobics, pumping iron, playing tennis, rowing, kickboxing, and weightlifting. These are what most of us think of when it comes to exercise. But, what about stretching? Do you see stretching as an important factor in your physical fitness?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s cold. It’s raining. Looks like snow could be on the horizon. In fact, didn’t the weather forecaster just advise everyone to stay home, curl up with a good book, and lounge in a warm bubble bath?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s that time of year again. Time to bring out the noisemakers, watch the Times Square countdown, and Google the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. For millions of us, it’s also a time to make a resolution that we’ll get fit in the New Year.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Finding the right pair of workout sneakers can often seem like a daunting task. An average shoe store has dozens of styles and designs. And buying the wrong pair can be a costly mistake – not only for your wallet, but also for your precious feet.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Got results? You’ve been exercising on a regular basis for awhile. So, how’s it working for you? Are you noticing a change in your body? Or have you reached a plateau?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Fall and winter sports seasons are here. Football, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, and a variety of other sports may dictate your kids’ schedules in the coming months. Between practices, games, school, homework, and family time, your kids are busier than ever. And unfortunately, healthy habits sometimes fall by the wayside while your kids run from activity to activity.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Physically fit people…they can seem intimidating, they appear to have it all together, and the last thing you want to do is approach one of them to ask about their fitness tips and tricks. Well, guess what? Physically fit people are, in fact, just people. They generally know a little bit more about how to get the most out of their workouts, and that’s why they look so good!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Breathing. It’s the simplest of all life functions. It’s a natural, unlearned, automatic action. We can do it on autopilot. Nobody really needs to learn how to breathe. Yet, the way that we breathe can actually make a big difference when it comes to fitness.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You may think that weight-training exercises will worsen your symptoms. Perhaps you even avoid exercise due to fear that you’ll be laid-up for days. If that’s the case, then it’s time to re-think your aversion to exercise. In fact, a little bit of load-bearing exercise is just what the doctor ordered.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise is good for the heart. But, what about your brain? Can exercise actually make you smarter?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s 5:30 a.m. Your alarm clock blasts, you jump-out of bed, grab your gym bag, and stammer out the door. Good for you! A regular fitness routine is the first step to health and well-being. Now, the second step may surprise you… it’s about taking a day off!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Got time? We didn’t think so! You’re busy. That’s nothing new. And when life gets busy, what tends to get the boot?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – If you’re like most Americans, you’d love to workout on a daily basis, but you just don’t have the time. Even squeezing a 30-minute treadmill session into your day seems impossible. So, when you hear that the National Institute of Health and the American Heart Association both recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week, you quickly wave your white flag of defeat. You simply can’t do it!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Om . . . You’ve heard the chant. At least on TV, if not in real life. It probably conjures up pictures of a gifted acrobat contorting herself into a pretzel-like position, then somehow looking serene in a moment of meditation.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Oh, my aching muscles!” If you’ve ever participated in an intense workout, chances are those words have passed your lips. In fact, it often seems as if quality workouts and sore muscles are synonymous. But, are sore muscles really necessary?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – MP3 players, MySpace, Facebook, video games, Instant Messages, and text messages. There are so many reasons for teens to stay sedentary in this age of technology.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The dog days of summer are here! The sun is beaming and the heat rays are scorching. But that doesn’t have to put a damper on your workout. Make a splash this summer with workouts in the water.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’re sniffling, sneezing, and taking Nyquil to sleep at night. Your ankle is aching from a misstep in kickboxing class last week. Your fatigue is unbearable, as your fibromyalgia has kicked into high gear. Should you exercise? Or should you take a breather? That is the question.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The sun, the sand, the surf, and the travel agents are ready. It’s summer, and it’s time for your annual vacation. Too bad that usually means a two-week hiatus from physical activity and fitness.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The school bell has rung for the final time this year. The kids are home. You have a few ideas to keep the kids fit, but it’s hard to compete with cartoons, MySpace, and Nintendo. Obesity rates among children are reaching epidemic proportions, due in large part to a sedentary generation of kids. So, how can you keep your kids moving this summer?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The Summer Olympics are here. It’s time for team spirit, individual determination, amazing feats of athleticism, and for most of us, hours logged in front of the television. Since traveling to Beijing probably isn’t on the agenda, we get into the Olympic spirit by cheering on the athletes from our living room sofas. And who knows? Maybe watching the best athletes in the world compete in every sport imaginable will inspire us to improve our own levels of physical fitness.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Working out can sometimes get a little monotonous. It’s hard enough to get the motivation to don your workout gear and head-off to the gym or your favorite jogging track. Add to that the constant repetition of the same steps, the same machines, the same scenery, and you may find your motivation for your daily calorie burn starting to wane.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’ve heard of heart-healthy exercise, but what about exercise for the brain? What if a particular type of exercise could actually boost your brain power? Would that make you more likely to jump on the treadmill or pick-up a pair of dumbbells?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The power of positive thinking . . . you’ve heard the phrase before. Whether it’s landing a new job, making a solid first impression on your boyfriend’s parents, or resolving a conflict with your siblings, the notion of thinking positively to produce great results is nothing new to western civilization.
(CARLSBAD, CA) –Despite annual resolutions to get in shape, millions of individuals see their efforts fail time and time again. If you are among the 80 percent of Americans who struggle to achieve a consistent commitment to exercise. Don’t lose hope.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – If you are among the millions of individuals jumping on the fitness bandwagon, there are immediate measures you can take to enhance your success. Your ability to stick with an exercise program and achieve your goals has a great deal to do with the environment you choose and the guidance you receive.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – A healthy lifestyle is a combination of exercise, nutrition and stress management. If you’re attempting to improve your health, tackling all these areas can be a daunting task. Why not start with one and let the others fall into place. It really doesn’t matter which area you choose, but as might be expected, beginning with exercise is a wise course of action.
(CARLSBAD, CA) –At this time of year, people are always looking for tips on purchasing home exercise equipment. The combination of New Year’s resolutions and colder temperatures shifts the focus to workouts we can do conveniently at home.
(CARLSBAD, CA) - A famine has swept across the nation in the twenty-first century, robbing men, women, and children of a precious commodity – time! And Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to fit an exercise regimen into their packed schedules.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Intensity” is one of the hottest buzzwords in the fitness industry today. Dozens of health and wellness professionals suggest that you challenge your body by exercising at a higher level of intensity. But, what does this feel like? And how do you determine if your efforts are meeting the mark?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – After a long day at work or rushing kids around town, it may take all your will-power to hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then crash onto the couch with a frozen dinner in one hand and your remote in the other. If this routine resembles your workout pattern, then pat yourself on the back for including some fitness into your daily lifestyle. Then, take a moment to examine if you are truly getting all the benefits of a well-rounded fitness program.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Myths are entertaining when they involve Greek gods and goddesses or tales of the Trojan War. But, myths about physical fitness can be downright dangerous.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – The clock is ticking. You only have 30 minutes to squeeze in your workout, then race back to your desk job. Who has time for a warm-up and cool down? If you’re wise, you’ll make time!
(CARLSBAD, CA) – “Go outside and play!” Perhaps you remember your mom speaking those words during your years growing up. You probably have memories of neighborhood games of stickball, kick the can, and capture the flag. Maybe you rode your bike across town or built snowmen in the yard. Whatever the activity, most of us can recall hours spent playing outside with friends and siblings.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – You’ve decided to start exercising. Your family and friends are supportive. Your motivation is soaring. But, your pocketbook is too lean to meet the demands of most fitness programs.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or an Average Joe who jogs one mile per day, you will likely suffer from some type of injury in your lifetime. As you seek medical attention, your doctor may tell you to rest, ice, compress, and elevate the area of concern. And after the injured area begins to heal, you may anxiously anticipate returning to your beloved athletic activity.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s the end of a stressful, busy day. How do you cope? Do you call a friend? Zone out in front of the television? Reach for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s?
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Are trips to the gym becoming an endless battle for you? After ducking out of your business meeting, picking up the dry cleaning, whipping up a stir-fry dinner for the family, and chauffeuring the kids to soccer practice, you finally don your sneakers and grab your sweat towel. Too bad all the machines are taken. And when you finally get on a machine, it takes ten minutes to make changes in the seat, weights, and countless other levers to fit your body.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and other popular television shows have brought the art of dance into the mainstream limelight. And that has a lot of people asking the question, “Does dancing count as a workout?”
(CARLSBAD, CA) – Freeze tag, kick the can, and capture the flag…these were the games we played when we were kids. And we all turned out just fine, right? Yet, today, we find ourselves questioning and analyzing what physical activities are really appropriate for kids.
(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s foggy. The last thing you want to do is head outdoors for your daily run or bike ride. In fact, you’d probably rather dive under the covers for an extra hour of snoozing or lounge in front of the fire nursing a cup of hot cocoa.